Homelessness
June 2017
Issue: 
503

The market is broken. The price of housing is through the roof. Social housing is neglected.

In major cities around the globe ordinary people can no longer afford to buy or rent basic accommodation. Incomes stagnate while the gap between the 1 per cent and the rest of us widens. Housing insecurity and homelessness are the inevitable result. Families find refuge in temporary shelters or with relatives; young people couch surf; the addicted and the mentally disturbed drift to the street. Treating housing as a commodity rather than a human right leaves people homeless and hurting. This needs to change.

This edition of New Internationalist looks at how to prevent homelessness and outlines the steps to a world where everyone is safely housed.

Included in this issue

Raising the roof in the fight against homelessness

A round-up of inspired ideas and practices.

Civil war, mental illness, poverty, gang violence: the many roots of homelessness

We talked to homeless in different countries and they revealed housing insecurity's different causes around the world.

Escape to the street

More and more young people are becoming homeless across the West. Catherine Yeomans reports on how to tackle the issue

How do you break the homelessness cycle?

Sian Griffiths reports on a no-nonsense movement which is reshaping traditional solutions to chronic homelessness

Homelessness – the facts

Everything you need to know about homelessness, from this month's magazine.

The right way to rewrite NAFTA

What is an internationalist to make of Donald J Trump’s vow to blow up the North American Free Trade Agreement? Mark Engler asks.

This is Congo's top environmental defender: Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo

He puts his life on the line to protect the Democratic Republic of Congo's national parks.

When the lake ran dry

Amy Booth visits a Bolivian isolated indigenous community fallen on hard times, striving to keep their culture alive

Worldbeaters: the contrived grandeur of North Korea's Kim family

Kim Jong-un's headline grabbing aggressive irrationalism takes some beating (though he might have met his match in recent times...

India’s ‘Smart City’ plan stumbles over slums

India's $15 billion grand project to transform cities into models of tech and infrastructural innovation is already in trouble....

Meet those fighting sand-dredging in Cambodia

A source of corruption and environmental degradation. Rod Harbinson reports.

A marathon without finish: Nigeria's fight against polio

The end of the battle against polio might be in sight, but violence and public mistrust are creating yet more obstacles. Laura...

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